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David Y.T. Chen, MD, FACS

Dr. David Chen

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton-Hospital Outpatient Center
2701 Dekalb Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401

About

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Director, Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program 

Associate Chief Academic Officer

Kidney, Bladder, and Prostate Cancer TRDG Member

Treatment Focus

Urinary Diversions, Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques - Laparoscopic, Robotic Surgery, Robotic Surgery and Urologic cancer ablation therapy (cryosurgery or HIFU)

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2019
     Urology

Treatment Philosophy

I am a urologic oncologist specializing in surgical treatment of cancers of the genitourinary tract. I have extensive experience with laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques and apply these approaches routinely to reduce the pain, recovery time, and complications associated with traditional open surgery.

I am skilled in nerve-sparing and organ-reconstructive surgery essential for preserving normal functions when treating prostate, testis, bladder and kidney cancer. I am sensitive to the particular issues regarding the diagnosis of genitourinary cancer and its subsequent treatment, including its physical and emotional effects on the patient and their family and support system.

I recognize each person is unique and requires a treatment individually tailored to them to achieve successful cancer treatment, limited treatment-related side effects and maintained quality of life.

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Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow/National Institutes of Health Research Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bethesda, MD
  • Fellow, Urologic Oncology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Resident, Urology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
  • MD, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Cornell University, New York, NY, 1997

     

Certifications

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Urology

Memberships

  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • American Urological Association
  • Philadelphia Urological Society
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
  • Society of Urologic Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2011-19
  • America’s Top Doctors®, 2011-18
Patient Stories

Larry Griffin

Prostate Cancer

Larry Griffin

Prostate Cancer

Larry Griffin was 57 years old in 2010 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He sought treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he underwent radiation therapy and a robotic-assisted prostatectomy, followed by another round of radiation. Larry completed treatment in June 2011, and meets with Dr. Chen once a year for follow up. "The people who work in the radiation treatment department at Fox Chase are first-rate, and now I always stop by to say hello to them when I go back for a follow-up appointment," he said. "I am so impressed by the collaborative approach and positive experience that Fox Chase offers patients."

Antonio Pereira

Kidney Cancer

Antonio Pereira

Kidney Cancer

Antonio Pereira was 46 years old in 2005 when a urologist confirmed a diagnosis of kidney cancer and scheduled him for surgery. Antonio had the surgery, but was not pleased with the doctor's attitude post-surgery. A new urologist suggested he see a specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center. There, he was able to see a specialist within 24 hours through Fox Chase's Rapid Access Program. After undergoing an open partial nephrectomy to salvage his right kidney and to preserve its function, Antonio recovered very well. He has now been cancer free for five years. "I wish I had chosen Fox Chase Cancer Center from the beginning," he said. "Having Dr. Chen for my doctor was life changing for me, and I want to publicly express my gratitude."

Carlos Perez

Prostate Cancer

Carlos Perez

Prostate Cancer

Carlos Perez was diagnosed with prostate cancer after undergoing testing at a local community hospital where he was being treated for a kidney stone. After doing some research on treatments, he became interested in a new technology called da Vinci robot-assisted surgery. He made an appointment at Fox Chase Cancer Center after learning the Center performs this treatment. Carlos was relieved that he was a candidate for the procedure, which was successful; the next day, he was up and walking, and he had few side effects. "Many men in my culture feel that prostate cancer threatens their manhood," he said. "They are afraid to be tested and are even more afraid of the side effects. I am here to say that it wasn’t so bad, and I encourage other men to have their PSA levels checked often. I also encourage anyone to seek help at Fox Chase."

Marlene Owens

Kidney Cancer

Marlene Owens

Kidney Cancer

Marlene Owens has always been committed to staying well. She visited her gynecologist yearly and during an annual exam in 2014, when she was 61, her doctor noted that Marlene's uterine lining seemed unusually thick. Marlene underwent a dilation and curettage procedure, often called a D&C, to remove tissue from inside the uterus. This tissue is studied by a pathologist to diagnose uterine conditions, including heavy bleeding. 

John O'Donnell

Prostate Cancer

John O'Donnell

Prostate Cancer

Prior to 2004, John O'Donnell did not regularly visit his doctor for routine check-ups. He was active and felt healthy and didn't see any reason to go to the doctor. But a life insurance blood test indicated high cholesterol, which resulted in a rate increase. That prompted John to see a doctor annually. In the spring of 2009, during a routine appointment, John's doctor noticed something suspicious which raised his concern for prostate cancer. As a result, he sent John for further testing.  

Pages

Publications

Selected Publications

Correa AF, Handorf E, Joshi SS, Geynisman DM, Kutikov A, Chen DY, Uzzo RG, Viterbo R, Greenberg RE, Smaldone MC. Differences in Survival Associated with Performance of Lymph Node Dissection in Patients with Invasive Penile Cancer: Results from the National Cancer Database. J Urol, 199(5):1238-44, 2018. PubMed

Martin JM, Handorf EA, Price RA, Cherian G, Buyyounouski MK, et al. Medical dosimetry : official journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists. 2015; 40(3):186-9. NIHMSID: NIHMS656177 PubMed

Hypoalbuminaemia is associated with mortality in patients undergoing cytoreductive nephrectomy. Corcoran AT, Kaffenberger SD, Clark PE, Walton J, Handorf E, et al. BJU international. 2015; 116(3):351-7. PubMed 

Additional Publications

My NCBI

Ratings

245 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

Our Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to care provider related questions from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more.

OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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47 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    April 29, 2019
    I have been under the care of Dr. Chen for 6 years. I believe he saved my life. Dr. Chen and his staff have my utmost respect and admiration.
  • 5.0
    April 18, 2019
    [...] everything was excellent.
  • 5.0
    April 14, 2019
    I am very happy with the care I received from Dr. Chen and his associates and office.
  • 5.0
    March 30, 2019
    always a good experience
  • 5.0
    March 29, 2019
    A good and professional experience.
  • 5.0
    March 28, 2019
    professional and caring
  • 5.0
    March 28, 2019
    Dr. Chen has been absolutely amazing. He is one of the best physicians I have had in terms of listening to my needs and concerns and taking the time to thoroughly answer questions. I have also been very pleased with everyone I have worked with at Fox Chase.
  • 5.0
    March 28, 2019
    very professional and courteous
  • 5.0
    March 26, 2019
    Dr Chen is great. Did excellent job on my surgery.
  • 5.0
    March 22, 2019
    Excellent service.
  • 5.0
    March 20, 2019
    Very good.
  • 5.0
    March 17, 2019
    professional experience
  • 5.0
    March 16, 2019
    Dr. Chen and his staff are the best.He saved my life.He is always there for me. He is dedicated and professional.
  • 5.0
    March 16, 2019
    Excellent
  • 5.0
    March 16, 2019
    Dr. Chen is thorough and engaged in my care and treatment. He is interested, understanding and complete in reviewing my history, accessing my current status and describing future care including options. Excellent. [...]
  • 5.0
    March 15, 2019
    I have so much confidence with Dr. David Chen I sent my father in law who has the same health issue to see him.
  • 5.0
    March 14, 2019
    I would hope that Dr. Chen would NOT leave the Temple network! [...]
  • 5.0
    March 14, 2019
    Dr. Chen is an excellent dr., very informative & down to earth, makes me feel both confident & comfortable under his care.
  • 5.0
    March 13, 2019
    Went for conceiltation about prostrate Dr. advised of other options
  • 5.0
    March 12, 2019
    I always get excellent care & feel respected by the provider & staff.
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